30 March, 2019
Next up for the No. 4 seed is a quarterfinal Thursday against No. 6 seed Kevin Anderson - a match between the two highest seeds left on the men's side, and the biggest test yet for Anderson since his return from an elbow issue.
The seventh-seeded American thumped 25 aces to see off the Spaniard and will next face either 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime or defensive baseliner Borna Coric, who play their quarter-final in the night session on Wednesday.
Halep won the final six games against Qiang and would return to No. 1 in the world if she wins her semifinal match Thursday night against fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova - a 6-3, 6-4 victor over unseeded Marketa Vondrousova in an all-Czech Republic quarterfinal.
They got three games - six minutes of tennis - in before the first in-match delay stopped things for more than two hours.
Federer will have little time to rest his 37-year-old legs before his clash against 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, the highly regarded Canadian talent tipped for future Grand Slam success.
"It feels surreal to get this far, especially as I came through qualifying", Auger-Aliassime said. "I think I have been just improving in the last couple of weeks". "I just tried to impose myself from the start".
After reaching the third Masters 1000 semifinal of his burgeoning career, Shapovalov draws the legendary Roger Federer on Friday. They didn't begin play until 2:08, and the delays were just getting started.
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Isner's power was evident on his first service of the sixth game when he handcuffed Auger-Aliassime and sent him stumbling to the right. The Spaniard led Isner 3-0 with two mini-breaks in the second set breaker, but Isner ran off seven of the next nine points.
John Isner stretches for a return in his win over Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime on Friday.
"I'm feeling really good", Federer said.
"I am happy to see Kevin playing again after his injury problems", Federer said.
Anderson refused to buckle and when he finally managed to get on the board by breaking the former world number one's serve, he was sarcastically applauded by some sections of what was a predictably pro-Federer crowd.
Isner, 15 years older and six inches (15.24 cm) taller than his rival, had only been broken twice in 48 service games at Miami and it wasn't long before the youngster realized what makes his booming serve so hard to break down. "I said before the tournament the chances were I would not defend my title".